Game one of the home-and-home weekend set between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues went to the Blues, 3-2, in a shootout.
St. Louis scored with 1:50 remaining in regulation to tie the game, got a big save in overtime from a defensemen and then won it in a nine-round shootout.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Stars (26-7-3), who got goals from Colton Sceviour and Tyler Seguin and an outstanding 35-save effort from goaltender Antti Niemi.
“It’s tough when a game is decided by a shootout, but that’s the way it went,” said Sceviour. “We’re going to play a lot of tight games from here on out, and we’ve got to find a way to win them.”
The Stars took a 2-1 lead into the third period, and Blues goaltender Jake Allen made a big save on Stars center Cody Eakin with 2:11 left in regulation to keep it a one-goal game. Just 21 seconds later, the Blues tied the game. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester carried the puck deep into the Dallas zone and set up Robby Fabbri, who scored on a shot from the slot to make it a 2-2 game with 1:50 remaining.
The Stars appeared to be in a position to win the game in overtime when Patrick Sharp put a shot towards a wide open net, but Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk batted the puck away out of midair at the goal line.
“I put my hands up. I thought it went in. It was a pretty spectacular play by Shattenkirk,” said Stars center Jason Spezza.
In the shootout, which went nine rounds, the Blues outscored the Stars, 5-4, with St. Louis captain David Backes scoring the deciding goal.
The Blues (22-11-4) won for the fifth time in their past six games and pulled to within seven points of the Stars in the Central Division.
“[Niemi] played phenomenal for them. It could have been a different story,” said Allen, who stopped 22 of 24 shots for the Blues. “Just the poise to stick with it throughout the game. Sometimes you can get frustrated playing against a hot goalie but they stuck with it and it took 58 minutes to get it done.”
After a scoreless first period, the Blues controlled the first part of the second period. They had the first 11 shots on goal and took a 1-0 lead when Alexander Steen scored from the point on the power play at the 6:18 mark.
But the Stars tied the game less than two minutes later by cashing in on their first shot of the period. Sceviour scored from close range after taking a pass from Cody Eakin to make it a 1-1 game at 8:15 of the second.
Niemi came up big with 1:13 left in the period, stopping a wide open Steen from about 20 feet out to keep it a 1-1 game. Just 36 seconds later, Seguin scored off a blast from the right circle off the rush, and the Stars had a 2-1 lead with 37 seconds remaining in the second period.
But the Blues got the late goal to tie and then won it on the shootout. The two teams will go at it again Sunday in Dallas.
“They probably carried the play a little bit, but we had a 2-1 lead with three minutes left and a chance to win the game,” said Spezza. “We got a point, and now we’ll move on to tomorrow at home where we’ve been good and try to win the game.”
*The Stars are 5-2-1 vs. the Central Division.
*The Blues are 9-3-0 vs. the Central Division.
*The Stars lost for only the second time this season when leading after two periods (17-0-2).
*The Blues have won four straight games against the Stars.
*Colton Sceviour’s second-period goal snapped St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen’s shutout streak against Dallas at 184:31. The streak dated back to last season.
*St. Louis outshot the Stars 37-24 and had a 68-37 advantage in attempted shots.
*Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko had a game-high seven shots on goal and 13 attempted shots.
*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and 3-4 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 34 of 60 faceoffs (57 percent).
*Tyler Seguin won 10 of 14 faceoffs (71 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 9 of 14 (64 percent). Cody Eakin won 7 of 12 (58 percent). Jason Spezza won 5 of 13 (38 percent).
*John Klingberg led the Stars with 24:40 of ice time.
*Dallas scorers in shootout: Jamie Benn, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, Patrick Eaves.
*Dallas shooters stopped in shootout: Tyler Seguin, Colton Sceviour, John Klingberg, Jordie Benn, Vernon Fiddler.
*St. Louis scores in shootout: Alex Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jori Lehtera, Dmitrij Jaskin, David Backes.
*St. Louis shooters stopped in shootout: Kevin Shattenkirk, Robby Fabbri, Magnus Paajarvi, Troy Brouwer.
The Stars and Blues play again Sunday at American Airlines Center. Game time is 5 p.m. The Stars are 3-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Patrick Sharp
Valeri Nichushkin – Jason Spezza – Ales Hemsky
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Colton Sceviour
Mattias Janmark – Vernon Fiddler – Patrick Eaves
Alex Goligoski – John Klingberg
Johnny Oduya – Jason Demers
Jyrki Jokipakka – Jordie Benn
Scratched: Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth, Travis Moen
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